Conservation

Hellbender

Young hellbenders need a kids’ menu

Juvenile hellbenders have a different diet than adults, a finding that could help improve conservation efforts of the giant aquatic salamanders. A study of diet samples from young hellbenders, taken non-lethally, showed they mostly eat mayfly and cad...
Miami blue conservation

Miami Blue Butterflies

Once common throughout coastal southern Florida, the Miami blue butterfly now ranks among North America’s rarest insects. While the main driver of the butter...
frog on clay pot

Behold, the ancient ones

Frogs date back more than 150 million years in the fossil record, and for centuries, the amphibians have been idolized and used in various ways by different cultures. Frog toxins are remarkably potent in the human body and may be used to treat hea...
Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave.

Protecting a sunken ancient world

How the formation of a new national park in the Bahamas was driven by science Two divers explore the ornately decorated Cascade Room in Dan's Cave. Photo courtesy of Brian Kakuk Probing the contours of some of the world’s most dangerous underwat...
A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis, pictured here.

Six new African clawed-frog species discovered

A new study describes six new species of African clawed frogs, including Xenopus mellotropicalis,  pictured here in Gabon, Central Africa. Photo courtesy of Br...